Take your career to the top of the nursing profession through our BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner degree program.

With 30 years of experience, our fully accredited BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner program is known for its excellence in clinical preparation. As a student, you’ll gain a strong background in health promotion and disease management for acute and chronic health problems, preparing you to become a family nurse practitioner.

At a Glance

Projected 10-year growth in nurse practitioner jobs

Program Length

As little as 2.7 years


  • Online with week-long intensives on the main campus in Bismarck, ND

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Nurses who hold a BSN and want to become a family nurse practitioner with the authority of a DNP
  • Nurses who want to take an accelerated path from BSN to DNP

Career Paths

  • Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Educator
  • Public Health Program Directors
  • Health Policy Specialists
  • Chief Nursing Executive Officer
  • Chief Clinical Officer
  • Vice President of Patient Services

What You’ll Learn

The University of Mary has more than 30 years of experience preparing family nurse practitioners and a documented history of graduates who are nursing leaders and agents of change, promoting high quality and safe patient care. When you graduate, you will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate competence in health promotion, disease prevention, and illness management of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Use servant leadership principles to promote change in the delivery of care in the healthcare industry.
  • Act as a leader in knowledge translation and application of evidence-based practice through critical evaluation, synthesis, and integration of health information data and research findings.
  • Manage change among an inter-professional team for purposes of advancing healthcare quality among patients, populations, and systems.
  • Be aware of and responsive to environmental contexts that shape healthcare decision making.
  • Apply Benedictine values to foster spiritual integrity, human dignity, and cultural diversity to healthcare and improve patient outcomes.

Earning my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree through the University of Mary’s Family Nurse Practitioner program set me up for success and provides me opportunities for continued personal and professional development. Honestly, the possibilities are endless with options of practicing, teaching, precepting, and attaining leadership roles.

Mick Peterson DNP, APRN, FNP, Class of 2017


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    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Mary is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Program Details

Your first step to apply for the DNP is to submit the application for admission. The application deadline for this program is February 1 of each year. Submit the following to be considered for admissions into the doctorate program: 

  • Official transcripts showing a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
    • Graduated from the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to [email protected]
  • Application/enrollment fee - This will be collected at the time you fill out the online application.
  • Current unencumbered RN license
  • Resume
  • Professional goals statement (2-3 paragraphs describing your career goals)
  • Two references to include one former or current supervisor, prior college faculty, or current colleague (contact information is included as part of the application)

Select candidates for the Family Nurse Practitioner program will be subject to an interview and a head-to-toe physical assessment demonstration on an individual of the candidate's choice.

To view a sample program of study, click here.

View the student handbook for more information.

  • Online with week-long intensives on the main campus in Bismarck, ND
  • Tuition: $650 per credit
  • Application fee: $45
  • Technology fee: $30 per credit

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

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